School Shoe Guide and Conversions

Everything you need to know to ensure the perfect fitting shoe. Our shoes are made of beautiful soft durable leather, cut to maximise both stretch, strength and shape retention.

We are absolutely barefoot advocates, and we strive to provide a flexible shoe which is still strong enough to protect little feet on their many adventures.

For Eloise Junior download our insole size chart here. For all other styles download our insole size chart here. Please note the chart is the outline of the actual insole of the shoes - so make sure you leave wriggle room. If you are still not certain about sizing please  contact us! We are more than happy to get the ruler out and measure an insole for you!


  1. Check that your printer is set to 100% printing scale, otherwise the sizing will not be accurate.
  2. Print out the sizing chart and fold along blue line.
  3. Place the chart on a hard floor.
  4. Ask your child to stand on the printed paper ensuring the foot and toes are sitting straight on the paper and that the foot is on the heel line and sitting inside the insole outline.
  5. Measure the foot, marking on the paper the point of the longest toe. Measure both feet as one foot may be longer than the other.
  6. Always choose the largest foot size for purchasing.
  7. Please leave at least 1.5 cm's at the top of the insole for wriggle room.
  8. The sides of the foot should not go outside the insole - if it does it means the shoe will be too tight.
  9. If unsure - call me on 0420 697 253


  1. The shoe must have the form of a healthy and natural foot.
  2. There should be room at the front of the shoe, about 1.5 cm.
  3. The heel should be low, so the child's body weight is evenly distributed onto the foot.
  4. The heel support should be firm so it supports the foot when the child walks, runs and plays.
  5. The sole should be flexible so the muscles of the foot can function naturally
  6. The shoe should have the correct length, width and toe height.
  7. No arch support. Children are born with an arch cushion that gradually disappears as the child gets older. So, children’s shoes do not require arch support. In fact, arch support can have a negative effect and make the muscles passive, which may prevent the foot from functioning naturally. The insole of all our designs are removable should your child require specialised support.


Good children’s shoes should preferably be about 1.5cm longer than the end of the foot. This allows room for proper growth. Each time the child takes a step the foot slides around 5 mm forward in the shoe. So, in reality, the room to grow is around 1 cm.